Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Celebrate Winter!

Hello everyone!  For my first post of 2018, I would like to feature a gorgeous Winter Ballerina Doll created by a very talented artist, Michelle Bodensteiner.


Isn't she amazing!  The doll is actually made from Character Constructions stamps, but what actually brought her to life were the embellishments!  Here is a closer look:






Michelle has used Creative Impressions White Felt Snowflakes beautifully and added lovely Pearl Snowflake Paper Fasteners (brads) over the top of the Felt Snowflakes.    Some of the smaller felt snowflakes have teal color Metallic Mini Rounds placed in the centers.  If you look at the doll's hat, her leg and the top of her bodice, you will see wonderful clear Star Bling.  There is even a piece of White Cotton Rickrack used for the dolls belt.   The turquoise Metallic Mini Rounds have also found their way onto her skirt!  Lastly, she has a lovely pearl necklace created with our White Pearls.

I must say, although this is a gorgeous doll on it's own, it really stands out with t he addition of Creative Impressions embellishments!  Take some time to see all the detail! It will amaze you!

Thanks for sharing your creation with us, Michelle!

Susan

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

LOVE Makes the World Go 'Round


Anyone else beginning to think about Valentine's Day?  After all the last minute press to get out my Christmas cards, I look forward to getting a nice head start on valentines!

Not much technique this time.  A simple globe die cut, some alphabet stamps and a felt die cut "Love" from Creative Impressions Heart Felt Assortment are layered onto a simple 6 x 6 card.

My word for the year is "simplicity" and, in keeping with that, a simple valentine.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Life is Good Snowflake Tag


Happy New Year everyone!  We've made it through Christmas and bring it on 2018!!  I've begun the New Year by creating this sparkly cold winter pocket tag card.  Creative Impressions makes a variety of snow flake embellishments that layer beautifully to mimic the magic of fresh snow.  I love sending personalized birthday greetings to friends who have winter birthdays!

Hope you enjoy this tutorial.


I used masking tape to join two #8 manila shipping tags.


I folded them together and and adhered them with another line of masking tape.


I painted the tag front with gesso.  While the gesso was still wet, I pressed Creative Impressions Felt Snowflakes onto the tag.  Cream or white is best.


Now a layer of DecoArt Media Crackle paint.  Best to let this dry naturally to get a nice fine crackled surface.


I thinned a pea sized dot of Cerulean Blue DecoArt Media acrylic paint two pea dots of Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  I dry brushed this over the surface of the tag and felt snowflakes.


I layered up a mixture of Felt Snowflakes, Shimmer Snowflakes, and Snowflake Paper Fasteners.  I didn't use everything I prepared and I'll have some extras for another tag or a starting element for a new card.  I keep a "starter basket" of thing like this to get me going on new projects.


Arrange snowflakes on the tag in a random, snowflake falling fashion.  I added some silver glass glitter on the brads later for more sparkle.


Sweet message ribbons tied at the top add to the cold blue winter feel.






I sealed the bottom of the two tags, leaving the right side open for a gift card.


Creative Impressions silver frame over a rubon completes the birthday message.

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I'm a summer girl but appreciate these cold days when I want to stay inside and just create.  I've found a new way to organize all my Creative Impressions embellishments that I'll share on an upcoming blog post.  Stay warm, friends, and create art!!


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Creative Impressions Poinsettia Tags and Card

I was recently visiting the Creative Impressions warehouse and saw Janet, our creative owner, putting together some darling "poinsettias" using her Felt Blossoms, Leaves and some Yellow Thin Twine,  attaching them to some invoices going out to her customers. I quickly told Janet that was one of the cutest ideas I had seen recently and that I wanted to share her wonderful idea with all of you!  I went home and created lots more to put on tags.  Janet's were created using her Heritage Burgundy Felt Blossoms, but I decided to experiment with some white poinsettias and some Sheer Blossoms as well.  Here are the results:


Aren't they cute?  They were super fast and easy to create - just thread some Yellow Thin Twine through the hole of our smallest (and NEW) Yellow Buttons,  down the opposite button hole,  then thread both ends of the twine through the hole in the Red or White Blossom (then through a second blossom if using two), through the Felt or Sheer Leaf, and tie a knot on the opposite site of the leaf . Finally make a bow with the twine at the back.

Here is a photo of a variety of Blossoms and Leaves that, when mixed and matched, will give you a wonderful variety of poinsettia colors and textures:




To create a poinsettia tag, if using the same color twine for the tag, thread ends through hole in tag.  Otherwise, attach another color such as green or red to the tag and adhere poinsettia over the tag hole.



Need a quick, easy and fun Christmas card?  It's not too late as these cards are a "snap" to make!  All you need is some pretty paper, a scrap of white card stock, two poinsettias and some "Merry and Bright" Printed Twill Ribbon!


And there you have it!  I am set for tags now!  Give them a try - it's not too late to create lots before Christmas!

Susan

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Creative Impressions Christmas - Part II


More ideas for making your Christmas gifts pretty and unique using Creative Impressions embellishments!  Check out today's blog post.....

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Creative Impressions and Artsy Stamps and Papercrafts Store

Hello Everyone:

Today I would love to post about one of the wonderful stores here in Colorado that carries a fabulous selection of Creative Impressions Ribbons and Embellishments - Artsy Stamps and Paper Crafts! Artsy is located in Loveland, Colorado and carries a wide range of stamps, dies, inks, embellishments and papers.  It is one of my favorite local stores!


Patsy Kral is the owner of Artsy.  She started carrying Creative Impressions products last year and has added more Creative Impressions embellishments and ribbons as, according to Patsy, they have been "Wonderful sellers".


Patsy has laid out CI products in such a fabulous way.  Our Twill Expressions, Felt Shapes and Shaped Paper Fasteners are located within different "themed" areas.  Here are our Twills and Embellishments in the "Western/Southwest" themed area.



Creative Impressions has it's own area in the store as well.  Patsy has many ribbons and embellishments displayed with some sample cards that were made by yours truly:



All Creative Impressions' many colors of Crepe Ribbons are also displayed together:  You will also find a huge assortment of Gingham Ribbons.


The Leafy Vine and Double Dot Ribbons have also been big sellers.  Recently added were Creative Impressions Velvet Shimmer Ribbons.  Can you see the shimmer in them in this photo!  Gorgeous!


Finally, Patsy was one of the first Creative Impressions customers to add our new entire color collection of buttons!  Aren't they beautiful?  The colors are amazing.  I have found they go with absolutely everything I create!  This is just a sampling of the 20 fabulous colors!


I hope that you will stop and visit Artsy Stamps and Paper Crafts if you find yourself in the Loveland area of Colorado.  Patsy will help you find anything you need from her large inventory.  I'm sure she wouldn't mind shipping either!

Susan